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At DLA Piper UK LLP, team head Stewart Plant has an ‘excellent reputation’, and Ben Johnson delivers ‘clear advice, and is practical and very responsive’. Clients include RBS, Close Brothers Group, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK), HSBC Bank and The Co-operative Bank. Legal director Nicola Higgins is ‘a real star in the making whose expertise inspires confidence’.

Shoosmiths LLP’s banking disputes practice is commended for its ‘excellent response times’. The team advises clients such as Bibby Financial Services, RBS Invoice Finance, Aldermore Invoice Finance, Santander UK and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions on a range of receivables finance, asset finance and other banking disputes. The ‘calm and commercialHarold Brako heads the team and is ‘very solutions driven, obtains excellent results and is an expert in the field of asset based lending’. Senior associate Helen Collinge is also noted.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP delivers a ‘highly reliable and efficient service’ to a UK-wide client base that includes Barclays Bank, HSBC, Shawbrook Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and West Bromwich Building Society. Key individuals include the ‘highly ratedMaxine Davies, ‘absolutely tenacious negotiator’ Ben Lowans, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds, and John Gosling, who is experienced in professional negligence disputes in the banking sector. Managing associate Matthew O’Neill is also noted.

Key clients of the ‘first-rate’ team at DWF include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander Consumer (UK), PSA Finance UK, MotoNovo Finance and Brown Shipley & Co. Department head John Perez is recommended alongside Ritchie Irvine, Graham Sidlow and David Wood.

Eversheds LLP’s clients include Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Nationwide Building Society, Clydesdale Bank and The Co-operative Bank. The ‘outstandingJames Southworth heads the team, which includes the ‘technically ableZia Ullah, who specialises in fraud and financial crime compliance, and principal associate Sarah Naylor.

Squire Patton Boggs fields a team of ‘solid legal practitioners’ that delivers ‘clear and pragmatic advice’ to clients such as Manchester Building Society. Team head Anthony Taylor is a ‘good team leader, and is unafraid to get aggressive when necessary’.

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